COLLEGE VIRUS EPIDEMIC
Take a step back: U.S. colleges are returning to online courses
Amid a wave of COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant, dozens of colleges plan to move classes online for at least the first week of the semester. Harvard University moves online classes for the first three weeks of the New Year. The University of Chicago is delaying its new term and is hosting the first two weeks online. Others, like the state of Michigan, invite students to return to campus but begin classes online. Many colleges hope that an extra week or two will get them past the peak of a flare-up. But some say the online change may take longer than expected.
MICHIGAN SCHOOL VIRUS OUTBREAK
Michigan Schools Hire Hundreds of Mental Health Staff
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Schools in Michigan are working to recruit 562 mental and physical health professionals, primarily to meet student needs related to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Gretchen Whitmer said this week that students will have the best chance to learn when their mental and physical health needs are met. The American School Counselor Association said Michigan ranked second among the worst countries in the United States for the 2019-2020 school year in its student-to-counselor ratio at 671: 1. association recommends a ratio of 250 to 1. The effort to increase the number of counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses in schools is funded by the state budget of 17.1 billion dollars for Kindergarten to Grade 12 that Whitmer signed on this summer.
‘Wait what?’ Quip tops annual list of words banned from school
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) – Judges at a Michigan university’s cheeky annual “Banned Words List” have a message for texting and tweeting Americans: your “wait, what?” The joke is lame. The phrase topped Lake Superior State University’s playful list in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula of 10 “winners” chosen from more than 1,250 submissions of overused, misused, and usually whining-causing words or phrases. “Wait what?” irritated proponents who felt that the expression intended to show astonishment or disbelief was overused. The second niche went to another misused and overused phrase: “No worries”. The proponents said it was dismissive.
FREE ANIMAL ADOPTIONS-DETROIT
Detroit Animal Care offers free adoptions at no cost
DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit Animal Care New Years program will allow free adoptions, waived license fees, and free return home for stray pets with microchips. The program started on Friday and continues until Tuesday. Adoption events will take place every day. Detroit Animal Care says the dogs are spayed and come with a collar, leash, food, and a bag of treats. All dogs and cats are also microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and have received their first series of vaccinations.
HOMICIDE SUSPECT STOPPED
Bismarck police arrest wanted woman in Michigan homicide
BISMARCK, ND (AP) – Bismarck police have arrested a wanted woman for homicide in a Detroit suburb. Ashinay Horton-Starks, 23, is wanted for allegedly killing a woman in Warren, Mich., In June. Authorities there had offered a reward for his arrest, the Bismark Tribune reported. The Bismarck Police Department made the arrest, but details of how they found her were not immediately available. It was not clear if Horton-Starks had legal representation and she did not have a bail hearing.
MICHIGAN VIRUS OUTBREAK
Michigan State U will virtually begin spring semester
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – The president of Michigan State University has said the school will run classes virtually for at least the first three weeks of its spring semester. President Samuel Stanley Jr. cited an increase in the number of cases, “presumably due to the omicron variant.” In a letter posted to the university’s website Friday, Stanley said administrators “now believe that the best decision for our campus is to start classes mostly remotely on January 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the year. semester. He says that “starting the semester remotely and de-densifying the campus in the coming weeks may be a solution to slowing the spread of the virus.”
LOSSES IN THE GAME
Michigan to Allow Tax Deduction for Gambling Losses
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan will begin allowing people to claim a state income tax deduction for gambling losses they report on their federal income tax return. The law, enacted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week, is in effect for fiscal year 2021 and beyond. It is expected to reduce state tax revenues by $ 12 to $ 17 million per year. Federal law allows those who are able to itemize their deductions to deduct gambling losses.
Grand Rapids Civil Rights Documentary
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – A western Michigan film company is producing a documentary that will focus on the civil rights struggle in Grand Rapids. WXMI-TV reported on Wednesday that the documentary is based on the book “A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan” and is in final production stages. Its release is scheduled for August by Grand Stand Pictures. The book studies the problems associated with school integration and bureaucratic reforms. Grand Stand Pictures says the book articulates the experience of black people in the city, but the documentary allows more people to understand and learn how it impacts their lives today. The company interviewed residents and held community meetings.
Michigan paid $ 8.5 billion in fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – Michigan likely paid around $ 8.5 billion in fraudulent unemployment benefits over a 19-month period during the coronavirus pandemic, far more than expected, according to a state report. The figure reported Wednesday comes more than a year after the agency expects fraud losses in the order of “hundreds of millions” of dollars. Auditors have since reported that the agency improperly paid $ 3.9 billion to applicants who were later deemed ineligible. The new director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency, Julia Dale, says she is outraged and frustrated, but progress is being made. The fraud rate is down from the start of the pandemic.
VIRUS OUTBREAK – CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Central Michigan U requiring COVID booster injections by January 17
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – Students and staff at the Central Michigan University campus must receive a COVID-19 reminder by January 17. The school announced the tenure on Wednesday. It indicates that members of the university community are required to be vaccinated by then to be considered “fully vaccinated”. Students, staff and faculty who do not receive a booster vaccine will need to be tested weekly for the virus. The University of Michigan is one of many universities in the state to impose a recall before the next semester. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University have all issued COVID recall requirements until January.